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Thai leader’s supporters chain anticorruption agency

Antigovernment protesters presented roses to police as a sign of friendship during a rally in Bangkok Wednesday.
Antigovernment protesters presented roses to police as a sign of friendship during a rally in Bangkok Wednesday.Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

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BANGKOK (AP) — Supporters of Thailand’s embattled prime minister chained shut the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday, a day before it plans to charge her with mishandling a government rice subsidy program.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s supporters, called Red Shirts, are copying the tactics of her opponents, who have blocked roads and government agencies since December to pressure her to resign.

The Red Shirts believe the anti-graft agency is persecuting the prime minister. They have built a stage at their demonstration site and said they will bar the anti-corruption commissioners from their offices Thursday. Several also chained themselves to the office’s gates.

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